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About the Health in Motion™ Program


Through the slow movements of the forms, the Tai Chi practitioner focuses on correct posture, rooting, breath, flexibility, relaxation, mind with body connection. With practice over time, these training results in energized and focused mind and body. Because Tai Chi is low impact and gentle enough to get you moving it is great for all ages and fitness levels.
Tai Chi is being used in treating, preventing and in rehabilitation for many conditions and health issues as well as maintaining and enhancing your physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. We also offer personal training and consultations. We invite you to join us and start living for a healthier mind, body and life.

 

The History of Tai Chi (Moving Meditation)

 

A Little History


T'ai chi ch'uan or Taijiquan, often shortened to t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi in English usage, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for its defense training and its health benefits, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. The term "t'ai chi ch'uan" translates as "supreme ultimate fist", "boundless fist", or "great extremes boxing". The chi in this instance is the Wade-Giles transliteration of the Pinyin jí, and is distinct from qì (ch'i, "life energy"). The concept of the taiji ("supreme ultimate"), in contrast with wuji ("without ultimate") represents the fusion or mother of Yin and Yang into a single ultimate, represented by the taijitu symbol.

  

Tai Chi Today


Today, it has spread worldwide. Most modern styles Tai Chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun.
• Chen family-style is the oldest and parent form of the five traditional family styles. Chen-style is characterized by Silk reeling, alternating fast/slow motion and bursts of power.
• Yang family-style is characterized by its fluid in movement and rooted movment. In its many variations is the most popular and widely practiced style in the world today
• Wu family style is distinctive hand form, pushing hands and weapons trainings emphasize parallel footwork and horse stance training with the feet relatively closer together than the modern Yang or Chen styles, small circle hand techniques.
• Wu or Wu (Hao) style is a distinctive style with small, subtle movements; highly focused on balance, sensitivity and internal ch'i development.
• Sun style is well known for its smooth, flowing movements which omit the more physically vigorous crouching, leaping and fa jin of some other styles. The footwork of Sun style is unique, when one foot advances or retreats the other follows. It exhibits small circular movements with the hands, gentle postures and high stances.

  

The Origins of Tai Chi Chuan


Origins of the material now identified as Tai Chi Chuan are associated with three separate but somewhat related traditions. Popular myth attributes the creation of Tai Chi Chuan to Zhang San Feng reported variously to have been born in 960, 1247 and 1279 AD. The first mention of Zhang San Feng as the originator of Tai Chi Chuan did not occur until the 19th Century where he is mentioned in the preface to the Tai Chi Chuan classics assembled by Wu Yuxiang (1812 - 1880) and his brothers. What is now known as "t'ai chi ch'uan" only appears to have received this appellation from around the mid-1800s.
 

 

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